HOUSTON – An investigation is underway after a DWI suspect struck a police officer and a suspect accused in a hit-and-run incident during a chase in southwest Houston Tuesday, officers with the Houston Police Department said.
HPD was investigating a two-vehicle crash that involved a suspect who failed to stop and render aid near Hillcroft Avenue and Southwest Freeway around 1:18 a.m.
Officers said while they were investigating, they found the suspect had crashed further down the road on Hillcroft Avenue. Police found the suspect and one of the officers got involved in a foot pursuit, investigators said.
According to HPD, the suspect and officer were running west on Hillcroft when a 40-year-old man driving a white Scion struck them. Investigators said the officer was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital and the hit-and-run suspect was taken to an area hospital. The driver of the white Scion was evaluated at the scene and taken into custody for driving while intoxicated, police said.
Investigators said the 23-year-old officer, who sustained road rash and abrasions to his torso and head, is out of the hospital and in “good spirits.” The hit-and-run suspect, who police said is a 26-year-old man, reportedly sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is investigating to determine what charges will be filed.